Italian Chicken Casserole

Creamy Italian Chicken Pasta is your answer to “what’s for dinner” tonight! I prep this in the morning and pop it in the oven at dinnertime. ENJOY.

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Creamy pasta filled with chicken, sun dried tomatoes and spinach! Bake in a casserole topped with lots of cheese, YUM!

The dreaded question. “What’s for dinner.” Sometimes it’s like fingernails on a chalkboard.

I am either super prepared…or not. I either have a menu plan for a month…or nothing in the fridge. Hot or cold. It’s how it works around here.

You would think as a food blogger that my menu is completely filled and organized for the month…or at least the week.

Ideally, you would be right (for the week anyways..never the month). If I don’t have a menu planned, then dinners end up being scrambled eggs or grilled cheese. Which is fine every once in awhile…but to eat it every day kind stinks, haha.

Using my slow cooker has helped extremely. I have realized that I am the type of person that needs dinner prepped and ready by 10 am. Otherwise the chaos of the day…the crazy after school hour…and the “what’s for dinner” questions throw me off my game. By having my dinner prepped and ready, I can tackle my day. KNOWING that all I have to do is toss it in the oven. Especially today’s recipe.

A few years ago when my blog was just a baby, I made this Italian Chicken. Stunning photos right? Oh my. Anyways, I set out a few weeks ago to remake that dinner. And retake some photos for the blog. That was my intention. But after reading the original recipe, I decided that I wanted to make casserole instead…something a little easier. Something that I can prep in the morning and toss in oven for dinner. Something more like this Chicken Tetrazzini.

Well, friends, it obviously turned out delicious, because here it is just for you! This is also a great dish to bring to a family in need, a new mom, etc! ENJOY!

Creamy pasta filled with chicken, sun dried tomatoes and spinach! Bake in a casserole topped with lots of cheese, YUM!

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Italian Chicken Casserole

Yield: 6-8 servings

Prep Time:15 minutes

Cook Time:25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb cooked and cubed chicken breasts (or use a rotisserie)
  • 1 box (16oz) linguine noodles
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 5oz pkg fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

Directions:

  1. Cook linguine according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add garlic and sun dried tomatoes. Cook for about 2 minutes. Sprinkle with cornstarch, mix thoroughly.
  3. Add chicken broth, heavy cream and milk, whisking quickly. Add salt and pepper. Heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add spinach and parmesan cheese. Remove from heat. Pour sauce over cooked noodles. Add cooked chicken and pour into a large casserole dish (13x9 size). Top with mozzarella cheese. You can bake immediately, or cover with foil and place in refrigerator until dinner.
  4. If baking immediately, bake covered with foil for 350 degree for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 5 minutes until cheese is browned.
  5. If baking after the dish has been refrigerated, bake covered with foil in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 5-10 minutes. ENJOY!

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38 comments on “Italian Chicken Casserole”

  1. Love this! And I’m pretty sure my family would love it too!

  2. This Italian Chicken Casserole is calling my name! I want it for dinner tonight!! 🙂

  3. My husband calls me every day from work at 10 a.m. to ask the dreaded question….what’s for dinner! Drives me bezerk. I feel like singing “let it go” just to drive him nuts back. This pasta dish looks so splendid, I think when you have young children running around the home driving you batty, you have to eat well or you will go insane! Can I get an amen?!?

  4. I despise menu planning and can never figure out what’s for dinner. Simple yet comforting dishes like these are always welcome additions so I don’t have to research what to make!

  5. I’m sure my family would love this recipe and it’s great to have a simple yet pretty and flavorful recipe to go to when I need to bring a meal to someone.

  6. yes to the casserole! we love our pasta, but when I can make dinner ahead of time, that will win in my book every time. LOVE this Aimee

  7. Stephanie

    This looks fantastic!! Question for you – where did you get the ruffled white baking/casserole dish in the pictures??

  8. This looks delicious, Aimee! I love pasta!

  9. This looks amazing and I agree with you, I also need to have our main meal prepped before it´s time to eat otherwise I feel totally overwhelmed 🙂

  10. This looks so good and so easy to make. I am with you, either there’s a meal or grilled cheese sandwiches. Why must it be so hard?? 🙂

  11. This is such a yummy looking casserole!

  12. This looks so incredibly good! I love pasta for weeknight meals, I’ll definitely be trying this one out!

  13. I’m the same way-I panic when I think about what to make for dinner! This pasta looks suuuuper simple and delicious, though!

  14. Such a perfect recipe! And I know what you mean, after 10am all bets are off. Today I had one job: put the chicken in the crockpot by 1. It was 2:30 before I remembered! 🙂

  15. What a great recipe! I just love meals that you can make the morning of. Such a life saver! These looks incredibly creamy and comforting!

  16. I love this pasta! Nothing better than make-ahead meals on busy days.

  17. This looks so good. I always love finding new ways to make pasta. This looks like a keeper!

  18. I love pasta and this dish looks so good. I’ve never had pasta with sun-dried tomatoes before. Chicken, spinach, and Parmesan cheese, some of my favorite foods right there.

    • Hi Aimee, I wanted to let you know that I tried this recipe tonight for dinner and my family and I loved it. This past week I wanted to try a few recipes that I’ve saved from food blogs that I frequent and this dish was awesome. Pasta is something that I love and this recipe is a keeper. I’m a blogoholic and visiting food blogs is something that I enjoy, but I also like to try other people’s recipes. Thanks for the delicious recipe.

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  20. johnGo

    Things look good until I got to 2 cups heavy cream. Then I stopped reading.

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  22. Barbara Duncan

    I made your Italian Chicken Casserole and it is by far the best recipe I have ever made. Love this one!!! Thanks

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  25. Maggie Smyth

    Can you freeze this ?

  26. Guess I know what I’m having for dinner tonight!! Printing out the recipe now…it looks delicious!

  27. Amazing how something that “comes together” so quickly and easily tastes so delicious!   

    I baked a homemade apple pie yesterday so I decided to roast my own chicken for this recipe at the same time. When it cooled, I removed the skin and deboned it so it would be ready for this dish. That really made things go quickly!  This is probably going to be a once-a-month dinner for us!

    Thanks for sharing! 

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